Advisory on Preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID19 - Download
As we all are aware, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected over 110 countries, including India. Given the magnitude and the extent of its spread, the WHO has declared it a Pandemic. Apart from human suffering, it is also causing major economic disruptions. In order to deal with this public health situation, the corporate sector would be required to play a key role in implementing the strategic policy decision of social distancing, which is most crucial for reducing the rate and extent of the disease transmission at community level.
Taking cognizance of the gravity of the public health situation, the Government in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has relaxed the rules with respect to meetings of Board and dispensed with the necessity of holding physical meetings on matters relating to approval of financial statements, board report, restructuring etc. up to 30th June, 2020. We are also examining any other relaxations under the Companies Act, 2013, that may be necessitated on account of COVID-19.
Since Companies/ Limited Liability Partnerships are major employers, especially in urban areas, their full participation and cooperation is most essential to fully realize the object of social distancing as a means to contain the spread, morbidity and mortality due to the disease. As part of disaster management to meet this urgent and severe health exigency, all companies/ LLPs are expected and strongly advised to put in place an immediate plan to implement the “Work from home” policy as a temporary measure till 31st March, 2020, after which the position will be reviewed by the appropriate authorities as per the evolving situation. All companies /LLPs are advised to implement the “Work from home” policy in their headquarters and field offices to the maximum extent possible, including by conduct of meetings through video conference or other electronic/ telephonic/ computerized means. Further, even with the essential staff on duty, staggered timings may be followed so as to minimize physical interaction. Apart from that, the other preventive measures, including ‘Dos & Don’ts advised by public health authorities may be strictly followed.
In order to generate greater awareness and confidence on our state of readiness, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs is in the process of developing and deploying a simple web form for companies/ LLPs to confirm their readiness to deal with the COVID-19 threat. The web form named CAR (Company Affirmation of Readiness towards COVID-19) should be filed by an authorized signatory of Companies & LLPs. CAR-2020 shall be deployed on the 23rd of March, 2020. All companies/LLPs are requested to report compliance using the above mentioned web service on the 23rd instant. I sincerely hope that you will take all possible precautionary measures at your end to meet this public health situation and contribute to containing the disease and minimizing its contagious effect.
COVID 19 Updates from India
Prime Minister Call for Janta Curfew on Sunday, 22nd March 2020: The Prime Minister in his address to the nation yesterday has requested all citizens to impose a self-curfew on Sunday between 7 am – 9 pm. NASSCOM is requesting all members to follow this curfew in letter and spirit and demonstrate our commitment to an important national crisis. Only critical essential services like data centers etc. should be kept operational.
Business Travel and Self Isolation: The government has directed that no international flights will be allowed to land in India for a week from 22nd March, 2020. Companies may please communicate this to all employees particularly if you have employees returning from overseas. It is important for every company to reiterate that self-isolation / quarantine is critical for any employees returning from overseas or coming in contact with any suspected cases.
Work from Home: Companies are advised to allow employees to work from home to the extent possible and keep offices functional only for critical work. Please do track the state advisories in the cities where you operate to understand specific guidance on this.
Employee Communication: It is important that we step up communication with employees that need to come to the office and help them understand why their work is mission-critical and all steps being taken by the companies to keep them safe and healthy. Employees at the workplace should also be made to practice social distancing, avoid office cafeterias and any loitering outside the campus premises.
BCP / DR Readiness: While the government has not announced a complete lockdown, it is critical that companies plan for the scenario wherein short notice a shutdown can be announced. This is a precautionary measure for complete preparedness.
We’re following developments around the coronavirus closely and making sure we do everything to support the industry and our employees at this time.
We will continue to fight this issue as a community and work towards ensuring the safety and security of our workforce. This advisory is applicable for the next 10 days and we will continue to update / review this advisory based on feedback from stakeholders.
COVID 19 Updates from United States
The novel coronavirus pandemic is spreading around the globe and in the United States, resulting in more than 41,700 cases domestically and more than 500 deaths.
The federal government has been rolling out its response to the virus, its efforts to stem the tide as well as to stimulate the economy, which has taken a severe hit.
Here are the latest developments in the government response:
COVID 19 Updates from Mexico
The Mexican government has been insufficient in its response to the coronavirus. With poorly communicated and inconsistent messaging that offers no clear guidelines, their federal government’s inaction has given rise to widespread rumors that are beginning to stoke panic and insecurity.
Given that Mexico can look to the examples of what not to do in the early onset of this crisis — namely China in January, Italy in February and to a certain extent the United States in the first days of March — one would think political leaders there would be implementing different strategies. So far, 118 cases have been reported in Mexico.
We have not heard strong messaging from the Mexican government to “flatten the curve” in an effort to reduce rates of infection, or to practice self-isolation to mitigate transmission. President Andres Manuel López Obrador is adamant about not closing Mexico’s borders or exercising caution at airports. Perhaps his logic stems out of concerns about imposing barriers on trade. However, he has not said as much, and it is further eroding public confidence in his government’s lacking response.
Know How it Spreads
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
Avoid close contact
Take steps to protect others
Stay home if you’re sick
Cover coughs and sneezes
Wear a facemask if you are sick
Clean and disinfect
The world health community continues to monitor closely the emergence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, no one knows how severe this outbreak will be. Given this uncertainty and the fact that the seasonal influenza (flu) virus is also widespread, we are taking proactive steps to address a number of concerns.
First and foremost, we want to maintain a safe workplace and encourage and/or adopt practices protecting the health of our staff. We also want to ensure the continuity of operations should the situation escalate locally.
We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in the workplace. Employees are reminded of the following:
Any diagnosis of Influenza or Covid-19 (employee or employee family/household) must be immediately reported to your Manager. It is critical that employees do not report to work while they are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that employees remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Many times, with the best of intentions, employees report to work even though they feel ill. Employees who report to work ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines.
As a result of COVID-19 spread, you need to avoid travelling to countries listed by the CDC as Level 2 and Level 3 (as of today, these countries are China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea). The list of countries may change at any time, so the above CDC link must be continually checked. This prohibition will remain in place until they are removed from the Level 2 or 3 list.
Consequently, If you travel for personal reasons to any country listed by the CDC as Level 2 or 3, or take a connecting flight or otherwise transit through such a country, you must demonstrate that you have self-quarantined at home for 14 days upon your return. This self-quarantine requirement would also be placed upon you if any member of your household has travelled to a Level 2 or 3 country, or if you had direct contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. In any of these instances, you should immediately consult with a physician or professional health care provider.
Updated information regarding this disease is also available on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The Human Resources Department must clear any employees prior to returning to work after illness.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation and we hope that you and your families are safe and well.